Dec 15, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson (34) runs the ball during the first quarter against the Houston Texans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Colts' Chuck Pagano 'fully expects' Trent Richardson 'to have a great year'

The Indianapolis Colts haven’t given up on running back Trent Richardson, who they traded for early in the 2013 season from the Cleveland Browns. Richardson got off to a rocky start with the Colts, rushing for 458 yards on 157 carries, a paltry 2.9 yards per carry.

Richardson will still be given a chance to succeed and heads into the 2014 training camp as the starter. Part of Richardson’s struggles were blamed on being thrust into a new offense in the middle of the season. That excuse is gone with a full offseason under the belt, and Colts coach Chuck Pagano understands Richardson’s situation.

Pagano goes on to say that he expects Richardson to have a big season.

“Coming in under the circumstances which he did would be tough on anybody,” Pagano, via the USA Today. “Certainly having a year under his belt and a full offseason … he’s put the time in and has a better understanding of the offense. The expectations are what they are, and I think Trent expects probably more of Trent than anybody else.

“Fully expect him to have a great year.”

Certainly the Colts hope that he has a better season than he did in 2013, the Colts were 21st in the league with 108.9 yards rushing per game.

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